Oh boy, another Twitter client for Android! That statement probably gets said more often than not when browsing through the Google Play Story. So it was that exact phrase that I uttered when Tweetings came across my desk for review. I’ve been through quite the gamut of twitter apps including, but not limited to, Plume, Tweetcaster, The Official Twitter App, and UberSocial. How would Tweetings compare to the rest of the crowd? Keep reading to find out!
I’ll just go ahead and get the important part out of the way. Tweetings has the potential to be one of the best twitter clients on Android. With a strong presence already on iOS, Tweetings stands to capture a very large market by going after the Android side of Twitter. Tweetings, however, has a lot of really good competition already existing on the platform, and it’s that inexperience on the OS that tends to bring about the few cons I have with the app. But I’m not going to start with the cons, so let’s see what’s good about the app.
Tweetings has an absolute metric TON of options for personalization. If there’s something about the app that you don’t like, chances are pretty good that you’re going to be able to change it. Want a different theme? Tweetings has a light and dark version. Want to change the background of your stream? You’ve got it! Tweetings even lets you change the location of the compose button!
Tweetings also has a lot of features that I expect from a good twitter client. Tweetings has a strong homescreen widget, native retweets and interfaces directly with twitter (following, unfollowing, etc.). One of the more frequently used features of a twitter client (especially during election season) is the mute function, and Tweetings has that, as well (see the cons, however). Tweetings is a solid twitter client for a lot of its features.
Tweetings has a few things that really get under my skin, and it’s a real shame because this could be a solid front runner for my daily driver, were it not for those hangups. To start with, Tweetings mute feature seems to be a bit neutered. If the option is hidden, I sure can’t find it, but it seems that you’re unable to mute hashtags, rather you’re only able to mute users. Sometimes, I don’t want to mute a user completely, just certain things they’re discussing.
You’ll also see the error message above. At the time of this writing, it seems as though Tweetings is a tad on the unfinished side. According to their Play Store listing, these are some of the features that are going to be added, but it’s a real shame that they’re not ready now.
Overall, I really like Tweetings, but it’s still not better than Plume. There are a few things that just aren’t done up completely, and that’s a real shame. Tweetings is going to be really great one day, but for its current price of $1.99, it should be a lot more tight.
Gadget Guru Recommendation: Let this one bake a little while longer before you drop $2 on it. There’s no free version, and you’re not going to know if you like it in the 15 minute trial version.
Edit: It has come to my attention that you CAN mute keywords and hashtags, albeit a bit convoluted, and Tweetings does have an explanation for the errors I was receiving. Recent updates have made this app my daily driver, so I would have to change my recommendation and tell you that, if you’re looking for a solid Twitter client, go ahead and pick this one up.